McFarland Clinic extended its membership in Mayor Ann Campbell’s “Green Team” on Thursday. The business received an Ames Electric Services rebate check and recognition for the energy-saving installation of solar panels on the rooftop of its west clinic, 3600 Lincoln Way. McFarland has been recognized twice in the past for its sustainability efforts on two other buildings.
The 312KW solar array is expected to generate 338,900 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per year for the building – nearly covering its electric needs. This will save the organization approximately $29,400 annually. The future avoided cost for City of Ames Electric Services is estimated to be $1,067,110. Additionally, the solar installation will reduce carbon dioxide by 6,100 tons. By installing the solar panels, McFarland Clinic qualified for a rebate in the amount of $133,555.
“McFarland Clinic stands as a shining example of energy and environmental stewardship,” said Donald Kom, Ames Electric Services Director. “We are excited this organization continues to make the commitment to improving on standard practices and works hard to promote a more sustainable Ames.”
Speaking on behalf of McFarland Clinic, Andrew Perry, Chief Executive Officer, reiterated the benefits of the solar installation. “Our board recognizes and believes that finding ways to reduce our energy consumption has a positive community impact, and we will continue to find ways to do even better in the future,” he said.
In 2007, Mayor Campbell joined mayors from across the country in signing the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, and the Ames City Council has made it a goal to reduce the carbon footprint of City of Ames operations. The Mayor’s Green Team Award honors business and industrial electric customers who initiate energy-saving improvements through the Smart Energy program. The Smart Energy Rebate offers Ames Electric Services customers an incentive to explore energy-efficient changes. The rebate pays a portion of the cost of improving efficiency, and recipients more quickly realize a return on their investment.
Ames Electric Services customers have participated in Smart Energy rebate and audit programs 18,422 times, and approximately 9,800 customers have a Prime Time Power switch on their central air conditioner. These efforts save the Ames community 31 million kWh of electricity a year, reduce summer-time demand for electricity by 17 MW, and help clean 26,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The combined savings of these efforts reduces future costs for Ames Electric Services by $20 million.
At left, Donald Kom, Director of Ames Electric Services, and Mayor Ann Campbell, at right, present McFarland Clinic CEO Andrew Perry a Smart Energy Rebate Check for $133,555.
Representatives of the City of Ames, McFarland Clinic, and Current RE stand on the roof of the McFarland Clinic west building. Current RE installed the solar panels.